A Favorite Filmmaker
I started thinking about "Punishment Park" the other day, for some reason related to how rounding up people and subjecting them to... stuff... has become a reality in the Untied (ZOMG what a typo! I'm leaving it.) States. I saw it a couple of years* after it came out, which was in, I think, 1971. I ran into it in an oblique fashion and was startled and shocked as I didn't know at first it was not a documentary. Although I've never seen it again I've never forgotten it, and a few scenes are burned into my brain.
"The War Game," too, is a fabulous piece of film-making made by the same man, Peter Watkins. I don't remember if I saw it before or after "Punishment Park," but it has an equal impact of horror when the facts of what can happen after a nuclear explosion are exposed.
Today I thought - What else did he make? - and looked him up in the Tubes. I'd seen some others without putting them together with any one filmmaker. Well I remember "Culloden" about the Battle of Culloden - a very powerful piece. "Edvard Munch," "Privilege," - both I saw long ago and don't really remember well. I should get his films - the ones available, anyway).
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